Send in the Cavalry (2013)

Anthony Lancione

2013-12-09

BrendenDillon

 

Lancione offers up some injury-replacement suggestions for Western Conference teams

 

 

Injuries are an inevitability in sports. No way around it. Players, teams and leagues will increasingly take measures to mitigate the risk as we evolve. Although the reality is that in intense contact sports, real life GMs and fantasy GMs alike are faced with the unenviable task of both having to cope with said injuries and attempt to bring in the most adequate temporary replacements as possible during the recovery period

 

Every so often, we may be fortunate that a replacement is wise and skilled enough to take the opportunity and run with it; converting that temp job into an elongated or (every so often) permanent stay. Worst case, we're gunning for someone to step in and hold the fort until the proven player returns. When all else fails a picking up the slack by committee approach need be resorted to.

 

Let’s take a look at each of the Western Conference teams' current injury wards, and my recommended courses of action from the personnel department waiting in the wings.

 

ANAHEIM

The Ducks have been hit harder than anyone in the West with the injury bug of late. Although it surprisingly hasn't really taken away much of the winds from their sails, having maintained the lead in the Pacific. Injuries to Sheldon Souray, Jakob Silfverberg, Francois Beauchemin, Luca Sbisa, Viktor Fasth and Mathieu Perreault have landed them all on trips to the Injured Reserve. The last four all received IR status over the last two weeks alone. However, it goes without saying that if you haven't jumped back on the Frederik Andersen train by now, you've missed out and no longer likely can (unless you're in a four team league). Freddy has yet to allow more than two goals in a game since his recall, and sports a glittering 1.74 GAA & .938% SV percentage.